Sunday, May 13, 2018

Interview with an Artist

            Talon Geer is an artist unlike any other. His work is colorful and ornate but also thought provoking. His work is currently on display at F8, a nightclub located in the SoMa neighborhood in San Francisco. Talon lives and works in San Francisco, but his work has been seen all over the world. I had the opportunity to interview him at the opening of his exhibit at F8 and now I share that interview with you.

J: So your name is Talon Geer, correct?

T: Yes

J: OK, and you are an artist.

T: I am.

J: And I think I recall hearing that a studio in Milan asked you to put your stuff on display there.

T: Yeah, it was an exhibition in Picasso's hometown and they were looking for artists from around the world to be a part of it and stay in Picasso's villa but I ended up not doing that because I couldn't afford to go there. Maybe another time.

J: OK, well that's still an honor. Have you been asked to display your work anywhere else before?

T: I've done a lot of shows all over New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, a lot in San Francisco. I had my first solo show in Mendocino last year, and some in L.A.

J: How long have you been doing this?

T: I started making it my career when I moved to New York, so when I was 22.

J: And when was that?

T: 2013

J: So, 5 years?

T: Yeah, I really got into it. I've been doing it forever. I was more musically inclined before I started art but I just went full force into it.

J: Well, it looks like you've got some cool pieces, and you wrote them down for me. I'm going to ask you to pronounce them and tell me a little bit about each one for me.

T: Alright, so The Boy and the Fish, that's one that I did as a self-portrait and I was feeling pretty under water. I don't know. My head was in a pretty under water space. So I put a little fish in there, and some bright colors. That one's not as exciting.

T: The Girl with the Secret, that was a painting I did of this model from a magazine, but my friend was going through a hard time so I drew a picture for her.

T: Self-Portrait is pretty self-explanatory.

T: The Breakup, that's a picture of this guy having his heart pierced all the way through and I was going through a pretty bad breakup in that one. I won't go into the juicy details on that but I was definitely feeling very heartbroken so that's kind of a representation of my emotions.

T: The Boys Kissing, that was for a show I did in L.A. I did it in two days. It's 6 feet by 6 feet. I locked myself in my room and just went to town on it.

J: Your friend was telling me that some gay men were critiquing it for being too forward.

T: I did a series of homo-erotic art with cum mandalas and I did it for a chocolate-in-art show down at the SoMa Art Center and so many people loved it, but this queer couple came up and they just said it was really inappropriate and I like to stand in the back and listen to what people have to say to get a real feeling for it. I walked up to them and I was like, "Hey, so, you don't like this one?" And they were like, "Oh no, it's great! I love it!" I said, "It's OK, art is supposed to be provocative and make you feel something." So many people loved it but the gay couple didn't really love it.

J: Isn't that weird that we are our own worst critics? And, Juniper, is that what that one is?

T: Uh, that's Jumper. This is a boy that my friend, Georgie, she was dating him and I had the biggest crush on him so I decided to draw a picture of him and he's just gorgeous. And that's what came about. So, it turns out he's not all the way straight.

J: Oooooh!

T: Not while they were together!

J: They never are.

T: Yeah, but I showed him that picture and that's what happened.

J: Ahh.

T: It was very flattering.

J: It is flattering to have someone draw you.

T: For sure! He was beautiful. He had two different colored eyes.

J: Oh, like a husky!

T: Yeah, like a little husky dog.

J: Aww!

T: So cute.

J: That's sweet.

T: I started doing this more expressive, controlled art. I've been splattering paint and using a straw to blow them in different directions.

J:  A regular Pollock, huh?

T: Yeah, and doing some controlled swirly line art. I'm not sure where I'm going with it yet, but it's there.

J: Well it's always a learning experience.

T: Yeah, yeah and Christina, Xtina, that's Christina Aguilera.

J: Oh, is it really?

T: Yeah, yeah. She came out with a new album and I really wanted to do something of her. I do a lot of pop art, lots of pop icons.

J: So like a mix between Pollock and... the Campbell's soup guy.

T: Warhol.

J: Yeah, Warhol.

T: Kinda, yeah. My big influence is M.C. Escher.

J: Oh, yeah, Escher's great.

T: Huge influence and I do love Andy Warhol, just for his pop art.

J: Yup, he was gender bending too.

T: Yeah.

J: Right on! Well, thank you for taking the time for the description.

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